Sobhy Awarded Ancient Eight Player, Rookie of the Year; Gemmel, Guruge Named All-Ivy
Amanda Sobhy is the 14th player to Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season (photo Dale Walker).
PRINCETON, N.J. – After completing an undefeated season, freshman Amanda Sobhy was named the Ivy League Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, the league announced Friday. Senior Nirasha Guruge and junior Laura Gemmel were also named to the All-Ivy League first team. All awards were voted on by the league's coaches.
Sobhy led Harvard to its 13th national title at the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships, where the Crimson beat rival Yale, 8-1. Sobhy swept Millie Tomlinson, 3-0, in the national title match, as Harvard cruised past its rival. The Sea Cliff, N.Y., native also won the CSA Individual Championship with another 3-0 victory over Yale's Tomlinson. Sobhy breezed past Yale's ace, 11-5, 11-7, 11-6, to complete an undefeated 15-0 season.
Sobhy is the 14th Ivy League student-athlete to win Player and Rookie of the Year awards in the same year. She is the fourth women's squash player to complete the feat and first since Gemmel won both awards in 2009-10.
Gemmel, who was 14-2 this season, earned her third consecutive All-Ivy League first team selection. The Toronto, Ontario native was 5-1 in Ivy League play and ended her season in the semifinals of the CSA Individual Championship.
Guruge finished her career in Cambridge with her third All-Ivy League honor in four years. The senior finished the 2011-12 season with a 15-3 record, her highest win total during her career, and a 9-1 mark in the No. 3 position. Guruge was previously honored as first team All-Ivy during her freshman and sophomore seasons, while being named to the CSA All-America first team during each of her first three seasons.